It With a Hoe
This gardening sampler is bursing
with pansies and produce! The saying, ‘Tickle
it with a hoe and it will laugh into harvest’
is a reminder to us all about the benefits of
a light hand. This pattern is perfect for gardeners,
or anyone who has to wait out a white winter before
getting back to the soil.
Stitchers will love the stories
about gardens and honest home-cooked meals! Part
of the premiere Traditions line, this full color
chart has easy-to-read symbols. It opens up to
an oversized 17½” x 23½”
color pattern. A gift for tired eyes!
Stitched on aida or evenweave; DMC
and Anchor codes.
about this pattern
Around about January and February a gardener in
Canada starts getting itchy for the feel of dirt
underneath her nails. I know I do!
This old English proverb surfaced
one cold winter's eve as I perused gardening books,
feeding my need for green. This sampler celebrates
the bounty our gardens bestow.
Other uses for this pattern
The pansies would be a delightful
sight stitched above a pocket on a favourite cotton
shirt. You might consider just the word 'harvest'
and a row of the vegetables applied to the pocket
of a canvas tote bag.
Or try cross-stitching 'Tickle it
with a hoe' – plus a row of carrots, radishes
or apples – on a bookmark (what about a
Christmas stocking?) for your favourite gardener.
What about changing the
background colour to something lighter?
Joan wanted to stitch "Tickle
It with a Hoe" on a light coloured fabric
instead of a dark fabric.
She was concerned that if she used
the chosen greens for the lettering at the top
of the piece, they might fade into the new background.
She asked for alternate greens that would work
on light coloured fabric.
Colours chosen for shaded lettering
on dark coloured fabric
Top colour, light green is DMC 3348 Yellow Green
light / Anchor 264
Bottom colour, dark green is DMC
906 Parrot Green medium / Anchor 256
For light coloured fabric try these
dark greens instead:
Top colour, light green DMC 702 Kelly Green /
Bottom colour, dark green DMC 699 Christmas Green
/ Anchor 923